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North Korea Requests Summit Delay Because of Floods

  • VOA News

North and South Korea have agreed to postpone until early October a summit between the two countries because of flooding that has devastated the impoverished North.

A South Korean presidential spokesman says Seoul has accepted North Korea's proposal to delay the three day summit until October second.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun was originally scheduled to visit Pyongyang to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on August 28th.

North and South Korea last held a summit 2000, their first since the Korean War ended in an armistice in 1953.

North Korea says floods from a week of heavy rain have wiped out more than 11 percent of its farmland, largely in southern parts of the country, and have left 300-thousand people homeless.

Both the United States and South Korea have announced plans to send emergency aid to North Korea.

Analysts say during the summit the South is likely to offer a massive economic and investment package to repair North Korea's crumbling infrastructure and economy.

Mr. Roh said he will also use the summit to press North Korea to fulfill its commitment to a six-nation nuclear disarmament deal.

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